State NAACP Denounces Budget Moves

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi NAACP leaders say they oppose Gov. Haley Barbour's budget cuts and his proposals to consolidate public schools and merge the state's three historically black universities.

State president Derrick Johnson said during a news conference at the Capitol Tuesday that black students are disproportionately hurt when educational institutions are merged.

Representative Willie Perkins of Greenwood is chairman of the Leflore County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Perkins said that if Barbour is serious about merging universities to save money, the governor should combine the University of Mississippi with Mississippi State University.

Perkins' comment prompted cheers from more than 100 NAACP members in the Capitol rotunda.

Barbour has said Mississippi State should merge with nearby Mississippi University for Women. But the governor said in his proposal that none of the campuses would close.


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  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Feb 5, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    LOLOL Ivory Magazine!! Thats the funniest thing ive heard all morning! But rets get for rear here, everyone is crying over bracks and a whites what about us asians?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Why Can't We All Get Along?
  • by Sick of It Location: Meridian on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    Everyone keeps crying about racism and what not but the NAACP is the most racist group in this country. Obviously a black man can't run the country no better than a white but you don't hear the NAACP crying about that. Im sick of it and I know im not the only one. Also about catering to black and white... Most colleges in this state badly cater to blacks. I can't get money for school and its hard for me to make ends meet yet a black person gets thousands of dollars a semester. The system is so screwed up. Take MCC for example, many students wait until they get their checks the second semester and with draw from school yet they dont have to pay it back. How fair is that?
  • by Yes Leah Location: Mississippi on Feb 4, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    Great comments Leah. I am not sure how closing one of the black universities would hurt black education. Seems to me that they could take the one that stays open and make it even better by consolidating. Twice the money, twice the enrollment, all sounds good to me. I think I see a variety of students at Southern Miss, Miss State and Ole Miss, and they are getting a good education. It all depends on the PERSON. A PERSON chooses his/her path, color is not an deciding factor.
  • by sick of black racists on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    PIST OFF, there is one thing YALL doesn't have to do & that is guess what color you are. Learn how to speak & type proper English before you open your black racist mouth again. You have shown us your level of education.
  • by sick of black racists Location: CARL on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    To pist off, before yall's president is through all of the country's schools may be closed. and by the way last I heard he was half white and raised by white people.
  • by Leah on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    Big Daddy: You are absolutely correct. This theory is taught as reverse discrimination. Many practices are accepted by blacks that would never be accepted if done by white people. Why have the Negro College Fund, white kids can be poor also. What about Black Entertainment Television? White Entertainment Televison would not even be considered. Ebony magazine- anybody ever heard of Ivory magazine? I think we should leave color out of everything completely, ending discrimination and reverse discrimination. This includes closing colleges. If it needs to be closed, then close it. Who cares if it is black, white, or purple! It is a proven fact that reverse discrimination is more prevalent than discrimination, but you don't hear the white people making such a big deal about it. The same applies to the president (comment posted by "PIST OFF"). Who cares if he is black or white as long as he does the job?
  • by PIST OFF on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    in the beginning yall should not have voted him in that position and we would not be going down this road but when the white people learn to stay in there places and let the blacks have their education just like the whites and accept that we have a BLACK PRESIDENT in office because he can't mess up no worse than YALL PRESIDENT BUSH so keep you comments to your se
  • by Big Daddy on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    Isn't a school that caters to black students just as guilty of racism as a school that caters to white students?
  • by Mack on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    To Carl: Why?
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